Salisbury lands 12 on the 2018 NJAC Football All-Conference Team

Salisbury lands 12 on the 2018 NJAC Football All-Conference Team

PITMAN, N.J. – The New Jersey Athletic Conference released its 2018 NJAC Football All-Conference Teams on Friday morning and 12 members of the Salisbury University football team earned recognition from the coaches and conference as four were named to the first team.

Seniors Kadarrius Campbell, Andrew Houck, and Shane Gaines and junior Patrick Bernardo earned first-team honors while seniors George Morton, Isaac Johnson, and Trevor Skoglund and juniors Matthew McFarland and Harold Kwigova were named to the second team. Tyler Norwood, Tom Montag, and Sean Carroll rounded out the list of honorees as they all received honorable mention from the conference for the efforts in 2018.

Campbell, who makes his first appearance on the all-conference list, was named to the First Team Offense after finishing the 2018 regular season as the team's leading rusher, finishing with 812 yards on 129 carries while averaging 6.3 yards per carry and finding the end zone 10 times.

Houck joined his fellow classmate on the first team and made his second straight appearance on the all-conference team, earning second-team honors in 2017. Houck was a key member of the Sea Gulls' offensive line, helping pave the way for the nation's top rushing attack as the Gulls racked up 3,662 yards on the ground for an average of 366.2 yards per game in 2018.

Both Bernardo and Gaines rounded out the first team honorees as both were named to the First team Defense. Bernardo finished the regular season as the team's leading tackler, racking up 66 total tackles including 27 solo tackles. He also added in a sack, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, and an interception. Meanwhile, Gaines helped anchor the Salisbury secondary, finishing the season with 36 tackles including 24 solo while intercepting a career-high three passes.

Morton was the lone Sea Gull to be named to the Second Team Offense, finishing the season as a key player on the offensive line. Morton aided in leading the way for the nation's top rushing attack helping Salisbury backs rush for a nation-best 366.2 yards per game. Salisbury rushed for 300 or more yards six time this season, including a school-best 654 yards in the season opener against Albright College.

Three players earned a spot on the Second Team Defense as Johnson, McFarland, and Kwigova all earned recognition. Johnson totaled a team-best seven sacks while adding in 26 tackles and eight and a half tackles for loss. McFarland finished the regular season posting nine tackles for loss, which was good enough for second on the team. He racked up six sacks and posted 39 tackles for the season. Kwigova rounded out the three players as he finished second on the team in tackles with 62, while adding in three and a half sacks and a team-best 10 tackles for loss.

Skoglund rounded out the list of second-team honorees earning a spot on the Second Team Special Teams. Skoglund finished the regular season hitting 5-of-9 field goals while converting 93 percent of his extra points. He also posted solid numbers as a punter, being called into action 37 times and averaging 33.2 yards per punt, dropping nine inside the 20-yard line and forcing seven fair catches.

Norwood, Montag, and Carroll rounded out the list of honorees as they received honorable mention from the NJAC. Norwood was a key piece of the offensive line that opened lanes for the Salisbury backs to help pave the way to the nation's top rushing attack that racked up an average of 366.2 yards per game and 39 rushing touchdowns. Montag finished the season with 35 tackles and four and a half tackles for loss in just six games. Carroll rounded out the group and posted a team-best five interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries while adding in 54 tackles including 31 solo tackles.

Salisbury will wrap up its season on Saturday, November 17 when it hosts Alfred University in the 2018 ECAC Asa S. Bushnell Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

To view the release from the NJAC, click here          

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